Re: TCP acking too fast

From: Mika Liljeberg (
Date: Sun Oct 14 2001 - 13:48:41 EST wrote:
> Hello!
> > The assumption is that the peer is implemented the way you expect and
> > that the application doesn't toy with TCP_NODELAY.
> Sorry??
> It is the most important _exactly_ for TCP_NODELAY, which
> generates lots of remnants.

I simply meant that with the application in control of packet size, you
simply can't make a reliable estimate of maximum receive MSS unless our
assumption that only maximum sized segments don't have PSH.

> > Not really. You could do one of two things: either ack every second
> > segment
> I do not worry about this _at_ _all_. See?
> "each other", "each two mss" --- all this is red herring.


> I do understand your problem, which is not related to rcv_mss.

I know.

> When bandwidth in different directions differ more than 20 times,
> stretch ACKs are even preferred. Look into tcplw work, using stretch ACKs
> is even considered as something normal.

I know. It's a difficult tradeoff between saving bandwidth on the return
path, trying to maintain self clocking, and avoiding bursts caused by
ack compression.

> I really commiserate and think that removing "final cut" clause
> will help you.


> But sending ACK on buffer drain at least for short
> packets is real demand, which cannot be relaxed.

Why? This one has me stumped.

> "final cut" is also better not to remove actually, but the case
> when it is required is probabilistically marginal.
> Alexey


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